BAE Systems Acquires Raytheon’s Airborne Tactical Radios Business

Leading defense company, BAE Systems, has finally completed the acquisition of the Airborne Tactical Radios (Airborne Radios) business from Raytheon Technologies. The acquisition was completed after the companies reached a definitive agreement in January and will now bring industry-leading, battle-tested products and capabilities into BAE Systems’ extensive Electronic Systems portfolio.

The sale of this division to BAE Systems was a result of the merger between Raytheon and United Technologies. To approve this Raytheon / United Technologies merger, the European Commission asked Raytheon to divest their entire military airborne radios business, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States.

As a leading provider of airborne tactical radio solutions, Raytheon’s Airborne Radios business designs, manufactures, and supplies mission-critical communication systems to the U.S. Department of Defense, allied governments, and large defense aircraft manufacturers. The business has secure, battle-proven communications solutions installed on a broad range of military airborne platforms. According to Jeff Jones, director of Airborne Radios, moving forward, the company’s focus will now be on the successful integration of its businesses to maximize the value offered to customers.

This acquisition augments BAE Systems’ portfolio in airborne communications with broad-spectrum, multi-band, multi-channel radios that feature robust anti-jamming and encryption capabilities. The business also brings complementary waveform expertise to the Electronic Systems Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Systems business.

Most importantly, this represents a strong step for BAE Systems in its sustained commitment to the national security and defense of the U.S. and its allies, and in its efforts to fulfill its mission to protect those who protect us.